Blue Mountains Festivals and Events

Your Guide to Events & Festivals in the Blue Mountains

To help you plan your trip to the Blue Mountains we have listed festivals and events throughout the year.

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Scenic World Sculpture Exhibition Katoomba Blue Mountains

Scenic World Sculpture Exhibition

15 April - 10 May 2015

Don't miss the fourth Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition. Sculptors will display their work in the Jurassic Valley at Scenic World in Katoomba. 

The sculptures will be newly created for this exhibition and cross genres and mediums, delivered in diverse dimensions, and provide thought-provoking narratives.

The Exhibition can be experienced on guided and independent tours, with opportunities to attend lectures and meet the makers at artist talks.

Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens Mt Tomah

TomahROMA Food & Wine Fair, Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Visit the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mt Tomah for local crafts, gourmet delights and fresh local produce. There will be wine, juice, cider, cakes, coffee, crafts, clothes and Botanic Garden plant sales. New this year is the International Back To Back Wool Challenge and the Apple Pie Bake-Off.

Open 8am to 4pm. Gold coin donation for cancer research. Telephone 02 4567 3000 for further details.

Leura Harvest Festival

3 May 2015

The 2nd Leura Harvest Festival will take place in Leura Mall and will feature fresh, regional and sustainable produce. Come along to enjoy sustainable, organic and locally grown food and produce stalls; jam-making; lamington and knitting competitions. The Festival will run from 9am to 4.30pm.

Varuna with Sydney Writers' Festival - Blue Mountains Program

16 - 19 May 2015

Keep your calendars free for Varuna’s four-day Blue Mountains Program of the Sydney Writers Festival.

AT THE HOUSE - Sat 16 & Sun 17 May, 10am-4.30pm

Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit Varuna, the National Writers’ House during our weekend program:

· Wander through the gardens and experience the Whispering Trees – an atmospheric sound installation featuring the words of local poets.

· Take part in a writing workshop or engage in a panel discussion in the House.

· Be inspired by readings and storytelling around a fire-pit in the garden.

AT THE CARRINGTON - Mon 18 & Tue 19 May, 10am-7pm

Settle into the art deco elegance of the Carrington’s Grand Dining Room and immerse yourself in two days of readings and conversation with writers… to inspire, stimulate and provoke. This year’s lineup includes both national and international award winning authors and several of the Guardian’s best book picks for 2014, and a compelling 2015 Dr Eric Dark Memorial Lecture.

The full program and tickets will be released in late March. To be kept informed about this and other Varuna events subscribe to our e-News. 

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba

Saturday, 20 June 2015

When your feet touch the platform at Katoomba Station you'll hear it. As you walk up the steps that lead to Katoomba Street you'll see and feel it. In a moment you're part of the Blue Mountains biggest annual event, the Winter Magic Festival. Sitting atop the ancient mountain ridges of a World Heritage National Park is the idyllic location of Australia's largest community festival.

Blue Mountains - Yulefest Festival

Yulefest in the Blue Mountains

July and August 2015

Every year between June and August the Blue Mountains enjoys Yulefest - when Christmas is celebrated in July. It began when a group of Irish men were staying at the Mountain Heritage Hotel in the 1980s. They were enjoying sitting around the warm log fire while snow was falling outside. They said to their host - "it feels like Christmas at home in Ireland". The host thought it would be a great idea to re-create a festive 'Winter Christmas' atmosphere for his Irish guests - with all the trimmings including falling snow, Christmas feasts of turkey, mince pies and plum puddings with brandy custard - all part of the Yulefest celebrations.

Leura Gardens Festival

Leura Gardens Festival

3-11 October 2015

The Leura Gardens Festival this year invites you to join us in experiencing the magic of spring in the beautiful Upper Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

The 2015 festival will feature 10 wonderful Leura gardens, including two new to the festival, several returning after a break and, of course, several lovely old favourites.

Leura Village Fair

Leura Village Fair

10-11 October 2015

Visit Leura Mall for this annual event. The Leura Mall comes alive with market stalls, art displays, live entertainment, fine food and coffee. See the beautiful cherry blossoms lining the centre of the Mall.

Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 9am-3.30pm.

Festival of Walking Blue Mountains

Festival of Walking

September - October 2015

If you love walking then you won't want to miss the Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Festival of Walking. There are a variety of walks during the festival throughout the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

The Festival is a celebration of the beauty of nature, the health and well being benefits of walking, acknowledgement of Aboriginal custodianship and culture and homage to the history, heritage and conservation of the Blue Mountains region.